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When the vehicle was disassembled hand-stamped numbers were discovered and the valance was hand-bent, not punched. Grilles on other trucks built during that week bear the code TRK 62 but are completely different from this one. When it rolled off the line, the 122-inch wheelbased worker was shipped to Brandon, Manitoba where it spent the next thirty years of its life.
Some ten years ago the mighty Merc migrated east to Ontario. It was in good shape and sported very little rust. Today it is owned by Brian and Linda Guttormson of Keswick, Ontario. In the spring of 1999 it was given a complete repaint with acrylic enamels and polished off with clearcoat. The box is finished in 3/4" tongue-and-groove white oak glued to ½" marine plywood.
The wood is protected by seven coats of Flecto clear urethane, each coat hand sanded before application of the next. A white tonneau cover further protects the wood from any inclement weather. Bodywork was completed by Herb's Pug'M and Plug'M Emporium courtesy of Bob (Herb Tarlick) and Ron (Older than dirt).
The interior was freshened by Newt's Detail Shoppe. Paint, headliner, recovered visors, acoustic insulation, new stereo speakers and upholstery to cover the inside fuel tank were cared for here thanks Murry, Bonnie and Misty.
Mechanically there are some exciting transformations. The thrifty six-cylinder that came with the truck is long gone. The current drive line hails from a 1975 Thunderbird, the 460 CID V-8 Interceptor engine is mated to a C-6 transmission which has a shift kit and a Lokar shifter. The 2.73:1 nine-inch rear differential was donated from a '79 Ford truck.
The engine has been rebuilt and now sports an Edelbrock Performer cam, intake and 600 cfm carb setup. Most recently 11-inch diameter Ford disc brake rotors and GM calipers have been installed along with a power booster and a dual master cylinder from a Mustang. These additions make the truck a lot more civilized when it's time to hold those horses.
This well-loved Mercury is spoiled silly in its heated garage. It gets out to shows and annual trips to the IMOA meet. Brain would like to thank Linda for "the many missed hours during the seemingly never-ending restoration procedure." - CTS
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